Onions linked to salmonella outbreak in 37 states recalled for possible contamination

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An unknown quantity of fresh onions, believed to be linked to a Salmonella outbreak, being remembered voluntarily.

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in a recall notice Posted on the Food and Drug Administration website On Thursday, Prosource Produce said that whole raw onions (red, white and yellow) are potentially contaminated with salmonella.

The recall comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a link between onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed by ProSource, based in Hailey, Idaho.


CDC said food safety warning On Wednesday, 652 people from 37 states have been infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella oranienburg. As more diseases are reported, the number of cases is expected to rise.

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NS FDA On Wednesday, ProSource had agreed to recall the affected onions shipped from Mexico between early July and late August. Details of the recall were not available as of Thursday.

ProSource said in the recall that the onions were “distributed to wholesalers, Broadline Foodservice customers and retail stores” in mesh sacks ranging from 2 to 50 pounds and cartons of 5 to 50 pounds “under the following distributors and/or the following: Brands: Big Bull, Peak Fresh Produce, Sierra Madre, Marcon First Crop., Marcon Essentials, Rio Blue, ProSource, Rio Valley and Cisco Imperial.”

The list of retailers selling onions was not included in the recall, but the recall says the onions were distributed in 35 states. Recall notices often do not initially include a list of where the affected products were sold.

Is it safe to eat onions?

The CDC said imported onions can last up to three months in storage. The agency says consumers should not buy or eat affected onions or onions you don’t know where they are from.

“Throw away any red, white or yellow onions you have at home that don’t have stickers or packaging,” the CDC said. “If you can’t tell where onions are from, don’t buy or eat them.”

The types of onions affected include jumbo, giant, medium and sweet onions, the FDA said.

ProSource said no fresh onions originated in Chihuahua, Mexico have been shipped by the company since late August.

Prosource said consumers who have purchased onions originating in Chihuahua are urged to “return them to the place of purchase or throw them out for a full refund.” For questions, contact the company at 208-928-4959 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

mysterious salmonella outbreak

The salmonella outbreak was first reported in mid-September but health officials Did not identify food associated with diseases.

According to the CDC, symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps and dehydration, which can begin six hours to six days after exposure to the bacteria. Most people recover without treatment after four to seven days.

“While the various potential sources of salmonella are under investigation, to date none of the onions marketed through ProSource have tested positive for salmonella,” ProSource said. “This voluntary recall is being done with great care, in collaboration with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on the basis of reported illnesses that have been associated with possible consumption of fresh onions originating in Chihuahuas.”

Isabel Brown, consumer watchdog associate of the PIRG Education Fund, said in a statement that the latest outbreak “points to the need for better tracing of imported foods so that when an outbreak does occur, we can more quickly identify the source. “

“We have known for a long time that there is an urgent need to better track all food items through the supply chain so that we can identify infections more quickly and recall contaminated food more quickly,” Brown said.

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Salmonella outbreak spreads to 37 states

According to the CDC, Texas has the most cases in the ongoing outbreak with 158, followed by Oklahoma with 98 cases. There are 59 cases in Virginia, 58 in Maryland, 37 in Illinois, 25 in Wisconsin, 23 in Minnesota and 21 in Missouri.

Other states with cases have 14 or fewer: Kansas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Dakota, Alabama, Iowa, South Carolina, Utah, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon, Colorado, Indiana and West Virginia.

“The true number of sick people in an outbreak is much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to states with known diseases,” the CDC said. “That’s because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for salmonella.”

ProSource said the onions were distributed in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Four states are not listed in ProSource’s list that the CDC map shows diseases: North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, and West Virginia. The CDC has not reported cases in Arizona and Rhode Island.

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